Name:  Linus Labin Oakley
Rank/Branch: Sergeant/US Air Force
Unit:  6100 Field Maintenance Squadron                               
Cam Ranh Bay Airbase, 
South Vietnam 

Date of Birth: 14 October 1949
Home of Record: Carthage, AR
Date of Loss: 29 October 1971
Country of Loss:  South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates:  115325N 1090704E (CP090260)
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Status in 1973: Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground:  water 
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)


SYNOPSIS:   On 29 October 1971, Sgt. Linus L. Oakley was off duty and attending a swimming party with other members of his maintenance squadron at the West Side Services Beach, Herky Hill, Cam Ranh Bay Airbase, Khanh Hoa Province, South Vietnam. While swimming approximately 75 meters from shore and 2 kilometers east of the airbase, a large wave engulfed Linus Oakley and pulled him out to sea.

Search and rescue (SAR) efforts commenced immediately. Military personnel searched the coastline in both directions of the West Side Service Beach and the US Navy conducted an exhaustive series of searches of all local offshore islands and the water in and around the location of loss using aircraft and ships.

While the fate of Linus Oakley is not in doubt, he has the right to have his remains returned to his family, friends and country if at all possible. For other Americans who remain unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, their fate could be quite different.

Since the end of the Vietnam War well over 21,000 reports of American prisoners, missing and otherwise unaccounted for have been received by our government. Many of these reports document LIVE American Prisoners of War remaining captive throughout Southeast Asia TODAY.

American servicemen in Vietnam were called upon to operate in many dangerous circumstances both on and off duty, and they were prepared to be wounded, killed or captured. It probably never occurred to them that they could be abandoned by the country they so proudly served.